Recently, I’ve been trying to update a lot of Orthoptera (grasshoppers/crickets) taxonomy by adding all new species described in 2021, according to Orthoptera Species Files (OSF). It is not uncommon to see OSF use the term “species groups” to apply to subdivisions between genus and species. Why the researchers don’t just describe subgenera, I don’t understand but for the most part, I’ve been handling these “species groups” by creating complexes. And I think if warranted, has significantly helped iNat to include these groups. A good example of which being the genus Melanoplus in which only males can be used for species’ ids but females can be identified to group, and with the addition of complexes to represent species groups, can put a lot of genus level ids down a little finer.
Anyway, to the matter at hand. Prior to today, iNat only had two species under the genus Mecopoda. There is one species group and 8 species linked directly to genus. Should be easy to add a single complex, but the species group according to OSF is further divided into 3 species subgroups, with two species linked directly to species group (see image). All I can say is ugh and I’m not really sure how to handle it.
Here’s the options I’m guess I’m faced with:
- Add every species to genus and forgot a complex addition.
- Treat the “subgroups” as just groups and create 3 complexes but then what do we do with paucidens and stridulata?
Any thoughts on how to implement this taxonomy to the system will be much appreciated.